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20 Creative Ways to Save for a Down Payment

Posted by Anna Jotham on March 08, 2018 in  Financing
In your heart, you’re ready to buy a house. Maybe you scan the listings every week, to see what pops up in your favorite ‘hoods. Maybe you attend open houses, just to get ideas. And chances are your Pinterest board is full of pins related to home design and DIY inspiration.  Every single part of you feels ready to buy a house—that is, except your savings account.  Dreaming about homeownership is natural, and often comes easily. Saving for a down payment, not so much. Knowing that for t... read more
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We’ve all been there. After a couple of hours binge watching home improvement shows, you feel inspired, invincible and ready to update your nest. But then you survey your palace…and suddenly that trendy hipster vibe you were going for, or that 80s quirkiness or that 70s wood paneling and shag carpet look really shabby, not to mention expensive to update. And—worse yet—you don’t have anyone named Chip or Joanna on speed dial.  The prospect of updating your home can make even the ... read more
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Smart Housewarming Gifts

Posted by Anna Jotham on March 08, 2018 in  Buying and Selling
Few life changes are as exciting and satisfying as buying and moving into a new home. To help the lucky new homeowners celebrate, consider making their new home smart. Smart home technology is not only a welcome housewarming gift, but one they’ll enjoy for as long as they’re in that beautiful new space.  Smart Home Gifts: Perfect for all Price Points Smart housewarming gifts span the gamut in both price and scope, so whether you want to go all in on something really special or get them someth... read more
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The pre-search stages of buying a home are filled with dreams of quiet cul-de-sacs and wraparound porches, granite countertops and cozy reading nooks. The actual search may yield one or two of your must-haves, but the realities of home buying can be quite different than expected. Let’s face it: it’s not every day that we commit to something so entirely as we do our first home. The choice you make now will have an impact on your life for the next several years or even decades. It’s interestin... read more
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Five Ways to Save on Winter Heating Costs

Posted by Anna Jotham on January 25, 2018 in  Maintenance and Repair
Many people in the upper Midwest are proud of their abilities to thrive through frigid and snowy winters. Others seem surprised each year when the temperature dips and the snow flies—no matter that it happens every single year. Whether you are a seasoned winter survivor or new to the cold weather scene, you can develop solid strategies for saving your bank account from a cold weather assault as the temperatures dip. Use the sun. In Chinese mythology, ten suns used to hang out in the sky until some wise ... read more
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